Car Hire in Sharm El Sheikh
This information is correct as of April 2015
Get off the resort and explore Egypt on your own schedule with car hire in Sharm El Sheikh. Whether you want to head off on a long road trip to see the pyramids of Luxor, head along the coast to some of the Red Sea’s best dive sites, or just like having your own transport for an evening trip into Naama Bay, we make it easy to find the perfect rental car for your trip.
Where to hire a car in Sharm El Sheikh
Some of the large car hire companies operate in and around Sharm El Sheikh. Sixt have a desk at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, and there is an Avis in the Morgana Mall near Naama Bay. Both companies offer a range of vehicles, from small family cars to luxury 4x4s.
Driving in Sharm El Sheikh
Driving in Egypt can be a daunting prospect. Local taxi drivers are known for their erratic driving style which includes driving at night with no headlights, driving the wrong way down one way streets, and stopping abruptly when they want to pick someone up. If you are driving in Sharm El Sheikh it’s important to keep your wits about you at all times.
Always carry a bottle of water or two in the car. Egypt is a hot country and it’s easy to become dehydrated.
In Egypt traffic drives on the right hand side of the road. Your hire car will have the steering wheel on the left hand side of the dashboard. If you’ve never driven abroad before you’ll find it takes some getting used to. Pay extra attention while turning, overtaking, and approaching roundabouts to make sure you’re definitely going the right way.
Parking in Sharm El Sheikh
Most of the hotels in Sharm El Sheikh have car parking for their guests, as do the restaurants and casinos on Naama Bay. Some posh establishments also have valet parking, which is great if you don’t want to waste your evening driving around looking for somewhere to leave your car.
Great day trips from Sharm El Sheikh
There are lots of police road blocks in Egypt. Make sure you bring your passport, driving license, and the paperwork that goes with your rental car in case you do get stopped.
It takes just over three hours to reach the holy mountain, where it’s said that Moses received the Ten Commandments. Visit Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of the mountain: it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world. The monastery was built on the orders of Emperor Justinian I, the same man behind Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia.
You have to take a trip to the pyramids while you’re in Egypt. We’ve all seen photographs of them, and the iconic sphinx, but it’s completely different seeing them up close. When you arrive, leave your vehicle in the car park and take a camel ride for the full impact. At just under six hours this is a long road trip: you might want to book into a hotel in nearby Cairo for the night. Definitely pack plenty of water and snacks for the road, and be prepared for the police road blocks that you’re likely to encounter.
If you just fancy a change of scene, drive to the beautiful resort of Dahab: just over an hour from Sharm. The resort is home to one of the world’s best dive sites, The Blue Hole, and is also a popular place for windsurfing and other water-sports. There are lots of beach bars and restaurants, so you won’t go hungry during this trip.